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Team approach pays offFamily, healthcare team help girl manage diabetes
She uses an insulin pump, which provides better blood sugar control and easily fits in Kaycee’s pocket. The pump, which has a tube inserted under Kaycee’s skin, releases a programmed amount of insulin continuously throughout the day. If she still experiences high blood sugars, she presses a button for an extra insulin boost.
Physical activity is essential for good diabetes management, Dr. Kumar said. It has many benefits, including lowering blood glucose and improving the body’s ability to use the insulin. So Kaycee’s strenuous two-hour skating practices are good for her, yet Kaycee often experiences blood sugar swings during exercise.
“I can tell now when I get shaky or dizzy, and I need insulin,” she said. “I’m doing pretty good managing now. Dr. Kumar and the diabetes staff have helped find new ways to do things I need to do and to manage my diabetes better.”
Learning to manage diabetes can seem overwhelming at first, Mary said. The team at the Diabetes Care Center works closely with those with diabetes and families as well as with people identified at increased risk of diabetes.
Click here for more information about Sanford Diabetes Center or call 701.323.5324.